Photo and Story by Camille Loustalet
Cypress Reed, or "Hobo" as he prefers to be called, manages to stack rocks into amazing forms using only balance.
His rock sculptures are scattered along and within the Truckee river in Reno.
Reed lives in a motor home parked by the river and makes his living selling rock fixtures for private collections. He also holds public events of his rock art during which donations for homeless people are encouraged.
A Roaming Rock Artist
Reed says he will only be in Reno for the rest of the year, and after that he plans to visit three cities each year to add his art to.
He plans to go south eventually, but says he believes cities further northwest like Portland or Seattle would truly appreciate his art. Reed says there is an energy in the rocks and river -- in his words, the animals all transferring their energy east- what he calls their "happy place."